SPOKANE, Wash.-- Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) workers located the owner of an emaciated pit pull found in West Central Spokane.
SCRAPS asked for the public’s help Tuesday to find the possible owner responsible for the dog. On Wednesday, SCRAPS officials said the pit bull had been found thanks to tips from the public and media attention.
An animal cruelty investigation was underway, SCRAPS said.
A SCRAPS protection officer found the emaciated brown and white pit-bull, around 4-years-old, near Boone and Oak Saturday.
The male dog was twitching and unable to raise his head, according to SCRAPS. The officer took the dog to a veterinary clinic.
The dog weighed 31 pounds, which is approximately 56% less than what he should have weighed, according to SCRAPS. The veterinarian recommended euthanizing the dog.
“The condition this dog was found in is completely unacceptable,” stated Field Operations Manager Nicole Montano. “This young dog appears to have died of starvation and neglect.”
Animal cruelty in the First Degree is a class C Felony, according to SCRAPS.